Sheffield Island Clambake
Leave your worries behind — but not your appetite!
The picturesque Connecticut coastline offers many wonderful experiences. Waterfront dining, fishing, boating, kayaking, swimming, yachting...you name it! There is truly something for everyone. And perhaps, one of the most amazing experiences is a ferry trip to Sheffield Island Lighthouse. Activated in 1868, the Sheffield Island Lighthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Sheffield Island tours are run by Norwalk Seaport Association.There are many different kinds of experiences to choose from: birdwatching tours, lighthouse tours, ferry service if you wish to go there for a few hours with your picnic, and of course the clambake. For our first time visiting Sheffield Island, I chose the clambake tour which is held on Thursdays (weather permitting) all summer through mid-September.
The very first step on this 53 acre island transported me into a whole different world. Time stopped. With a deep breath I took in the jaw dropping scene before me. A gorgeous, remarkably well-preserved lighthouse with the stunning surround of Long Island Sound.
The food for the clambake is provided by Bulls Head Market. I was amazed at just how much food we were served and how simple & simply delicious it was. As soon as our ferry docked, we were offered chilled lemonade and iced tea. Alcohol is not served at the clambake, but guests are encouraged to bring whatever they feel like sipping through the evening.
As we approached the huge tent where our meal was being prepared and served, I noticed one server rapidly setting up bowls of mussels and clams cooked in yummy and delicate herb broth. I wondered why he was in such a rush — the answer was clear as soon as we all started helping ourselves. As you can imagine, mussels and clams go fast! And happily, there was always enough second, third and fourth helpings ready and waiting for us as needed. I have to admit, I loved slurping up all that yummy broth - it would have been a shame to waste it.
There was a green salad and cold slaw for starters as well. For our main course we had a choice of Salmon, BBQ Chicken, BBQ Pork, Steak, Rosemary Chicken, Vegetarian Burger and Lobster. Prices vary slightly based on the entree you choose. With our main entree we helped ourselves to sides of grilled vegetables, potatoes and corn on the cob. A delicious strawberry shortcake successfully ended a great meal. Word of warning: I found the Rosemary Chicken to be on the dry and tough side...you may want to pick another entree.
Stepping onto the island is like being transported back in time to 1800s New England
While on the island, we had some time to explore the lighthouse or take in a relaxing walk along the water. Sitting on one of the numerous wooden benches on the island, overlooking the water and watching the sun go down, hearing only the birds and the water hitting the shore — it is a memory stamped in my brain forever. Pure heaven!
The view of the sunset was breathtaking